Category Archives: Announcements

Jerry Lebel

We are sad to learn of the passing of Gerard “Jerry” Lebel, on January 3, 2023, a the age of 75. Jerry was a performer and director at the Theatre Company of Saugus, being most active in the 1990s. Click here for the obituary.

He was the director of the play Broadway Bound by Neil Simon, in about 1995. TCS members still around who were in that show include Rosemary DeGregorio and Larry Segel. He was in the 1999 production of Our Town, directed by Nancy Lemoine.

Board of Directors for 2023

At our General Membership Meeting and Annual Holiday Party on 11 December 2022, we elected new members to the Board of Directors of the Theatre Company of Saugus. Three people had been nominated at an earlier meeting: Jeff Bliss, Billy Jenkins, and Sherri Raftery. In the meantime, Jill Sliby resigned, leaving one year left on an unexpired term. At the meeting on December 11, Lauren Lyon was also nominated, and the four nominees were elected to fill either the three-year terms 2023-2025, or the unexpired term.

Four people were also nominated and elected to one-year terms on the Alternate Board.

At the subsequent Board meeting on 14 December 2022, the Officers of the Board were nominated and elected by the board.

See our Board Members page for the complete list of current board members and officers for 2023.

Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium Dedication

We are invited to the Dedication of the Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium at the Saugus Middle-High School complex. On Tuesday 13 December 2022. The dedication ceremony is at 6:30 PM. This is followed by the high school winter concert at 7:00 PM. The location is the new Saugus Middle-High School, at 1 Pearce Memorial Drive / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906.

The auditorium will be named after two teachers of performing arts who taught at Saugus High School for many years. Nancy Lemoine was the drama teacher until she passed away in 2013. She was also a member of the Theatre Company of Saugus throughout her life, as an actor, director, music director, workshop leader, etc.

Click here for more info about Nancy. Click here for more info about the dedication effort.

Election to the TCS Board of Directors 12/11/2022

The General Membership Meeting at which we formally elect the TCS Board of Directors will be during our Annual Holiday Party, which will be on Sunday 11 December 2022. It will start at about 4:30 PM, because it will follow the matinee performance of our holiday cabaret For Your Wintertainment. This is an in-person event at the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. All are welcome to attend, and all members may vote. The bar will be open, the food is potluck.

At our General Membership Meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday 2 November 2022, the following people were nominated. To a three-year term 2023 thru 2025 on the Board of Directors:

  • Jeff Bliss
  • Billy Jenkins
  • Sherri Raftery

To a one-year renewable term on the Alternate Board:

  • Heather Beatty
  • Dylan Bushe
  • Rosemary DeGregorio
  • Lauren Lyon Bliss

Nominations of others can also be made at the meeting on December 11 just prior to the voting.  The nominated person should be present at the meeting so they can accept the nomination.

The board of directors has nine members.  There can be any number of alternate members.

Current continuing members of the board include:   Matt Garlin, Victoria Isotti, Larry Segel, Deirdre Shaw, Jill Sliby, and Ben Tan.  Jeff Bliss’ current term is expiring, and he is running for re-election.  Two members of the board are retiring:  Alicia Groves and Sean Perry.

Current alternate board members include:  Dylan Bushe, Rosemary DeGregorio, Billy Jenkins, and Sherri Raftery.

Officers of the board will be chosen by the board at their meeting on December 14.

Nominations for the TCS Board of Directors – 2022

Nominations are now open for elections to the TCS Board of Directors.  The board has nine members, each serving overlapping three-year terms.  Each person can serve for up to two consecutive terms.  The terms of three members expire at the end of 2022.  They or others can be elected for a term running 2023 thru 2025.

We also have Alternate board members, who attend board meetings and can vote if needed to make up a quorum.  Alternate members serve for one-year terms.

The Nominating Committee is now seeking candidates for regular or alternate board positions.  The nominating committee includes Dr. Sherri Raftery,  Larry Segel, Jilliana Sliby, and Ben Tan.  If you are interested in serving on the board, or would  like to recommend anyone else, please contact any member of the nominating committee.  Or  write to tcsaugus@gmail.com.  

The board elections will be held at our annual general membership meeting, to be held on Wednesday 2 November 2022, starting at 7:30 PM, via zoom.  The officers for 2023 (president, vice president, treasurer, corresponding secretary, recording secretary) will be chosen on December 14 at a meeting of the new, old, and continuing board members.

The board members whose terms are ending include Jeff Bliss, Alicia Groves, and Sean Perry.   Alicia and Sean have chosen not to run for another term, but Jeff will. So there are at least two openings for new board members. Other regular ongoing board members include:  Matthew Garlin, Victoria Isotti, Larry Segel, Deirdre Shaw, Jilliana Sliby, and Ben Tan.  Current alternate members include:  Dylan Bushe, Rosemary DeGregorio, Billy Jenkins, and Sherri Raftery.

Announcing the 2023 Season / Seeking Artistic Staff for Three Shows

The Theatre Company of Saugus is pleased to announce the shows planned for 2023.

  • Comedy of Errors, a play by William Shakespeare. Mistaken identity amongst two sets of identical twins. To be presented March 3-12, 2023.  The director is Francine  Davis.
  • Peter and the Starcatcher, a Tony-Award-winning play by Rick Elice, with songs by Wayne Barker. The adventurous backstory of how an orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. To be presented May 12-21, 2023.  The director is Matthew Garlin. The music director is Ben Tan.
  • Little Shop of Horrors, the popular musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Mencken. Fame and fortune provided by a man-eating plant. Our Halloween-season show, to be presented October 27-29 & November 3-5, 2023.  The director is Jason Hair-Wynn. The musical director is Shawn Gelzleichter.

We are seeking additional artistic and technical staff for each of the the three shows in 2023:

  • Technical Directors for all three shows
  • Scenic, Lighting, and Costume Designers for all three shows
  • Stage Manager for Comedy of Errors

Stipends are available. Our performance venue is the American Legion Post 210 in Saugus, Massachusetts.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions for any of these shows, write to us at tcsaugus@gmail.com, including a theatrical resume, and a short letter explaining your interest.

Saugus Founders Day 2022

Each year the town of Saugus holds a street fair. Featuring vendors, food carts, games for kids, art sales, and information booths set up by community organizations and businesses.

Theatre Company of Saugus always participates. There will be a TCS info booth, featuring raffles, games, and information. Several fantastic raffle prizes will be awarded. Purchase tickets at the TCS booth.

Need costumes for Halloween? We have them for sale at our table!

We also perform selections from our shows on the steps in front of Town Hall. This year we will feature the kids from the Youth Theatre Workshop this summer, performing selections from Willy Wonka Jr. and Addams Family young@part. The performance time is 1:30 to 2:30 PM.

We will have a special Founders Day discount on tickets to Zombie Prom.

This year Founders Day is on Saturday 10 September 2022. Running from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. On several blocks of Central Street, running north from the monument. The TCS booth is right in front of Town Hall.

We need volunteers to staff the TCS info table throughout the day. Greet visitors, hand out flyers, and run a raffle. We also need people to set up the table earlier in the morning, and break it down at the end.

Click here to sign up to staff, setup, or breakdown the TCS info table at Founders Day on 10 September 2022. We will contact you with instructions.

Spring Awakening gets 11 DASH Nominations & One Award

Congratulations to long-time TCS member Kathleen Tringale, who won the EMACT DASH award for Best Choreography for a Musical, for the TCS production of Spring Awakening. The award, announced at the Gala on August 20, 2022, was well deserved, as her choreography for the show was amazing.

Each year the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) conducts the Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors (DASH) program, in which shows are evaluated, leading possibly to awards (like the Tonys) announced at the annual DASH Gala. The nominees for shows performed in 2021-22 were announced on Wednesday 20 July 2022, via a YouTube streamcast.

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) production of Spring Awakening, presented in May 2022, was nominated for 11 awards:

  • Supporting Male Actor in a Musical – David Picariello as Moritz
  • Sound Design for a Musical – Patrick Dzierzak
  • Lighting Design for a Musical – Nathan Fogg-DeSisto
  • Makeup and Hair Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Costume Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Lead Female Actor in a Musical – Rachel Pride as Wendla
  • Choreography for a Musical- Kathleen Tringale
  • Music Direction for a Musical – Kelvyn Koning
  • Ensemble in a Musical – The Cast
  • Director of a Musical – Bobby Imperato
  • Best Musical – Spring Awakening

TCS members also were nominated for roles in the productions of other local theaters.

  • Supporting Actor in a Musical – Will Farfard Jr. in Into The Woods at Pentucket Players
  • Supporting Actor in a Play – John Pease in Drinking Habits at Colonial Chorus Players
  • Costume Design for a Play – Elvira Schoenthal for Translations at Marblehead Little Theatre
  • Stage Management of a Play – Monica Bruno for Sense and Sensibility at Concord Players
  • Specialty Ensemble in a Musical – Will Fafard Jr. and others as The Infantry in Evita at The Pentucket Players
  • Direction of a Musical – Jason Hair-Wynn for The Bridges of Madison County at The Burlington Players, 

(“Male Actor” and “Female Actor” are shorthand used here for “Performer in a Male-Identifying Role” and “Performer in a Female-Identifying Role”, respectively.) Click here for a complete list of the nominees.

The award winners were announced at the DASH Gala on Saturday 20 August 2022, at Cary Hall in Lexington. Food and drinks started at 6:30 PM, and the awards presentation started at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $40 each. Click here for more information about the Gala.

Because of the nomination for Best Musical, a medley from Spring Awakening was presented by 15 TCS cast members at the Gala. To see a video of the performance at the Gala, see the TCS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=theatre%20company%20of%20saugus